The disclosure made by General Pervez Musharraf in his 2006 autobiography that “Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan transferred sensitive nuclear material including blue
prints to North Korea had come as a big embarrassment to the country”, while an official of the Foreign Office of Pakistan issues one line damage control statement:-
“Pakistan is firmly against nuclear proliferation”
The Foreign Office reply came in response to a question by Senator Farhatullah Babar as to what was North Korea’s official reaction to Pervez Musharraf’s revelation in his memoir, In
the Line of Fire, that a clandestine proliferation network operating from Pakistan had transferred nearly two dozen centrifuge machines, a flow meter and some special oils to North Korea.
“Had such an irresponsible disclosure been made by a civilian minister or a bureaucrat, he would have been sent to the gallows, but Musharraf got away with it because he was a general,”
Senator Farhatullah observed.
Not only has this revelation tarnished the image of Pakistan internationally, but also closed the doors of NSG for Pak entry. Apart from Pakistan it has also embarrassed Beijing, who
has always supported Pakistan’s bid into NSG.